Center for Labor and Employment Law


Furman Hall, 245 Sullivan St., Pollack Colloquium, 9th Floor

(Between Washington Square South and West Third Street)

January 25, 2008, 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Chairs: Meryl Kaynard (JPMorgan Chase), Donna Malin (Johnson & Johnson), Raymond Lohier (U.S. Attorney’s Office S.D.N.Y), Talee Zur Potter (JPMorgan Chase)

Breakfast Buffet and Reception (8:00-9:00)

Introductory Remarks: Meryl Kaynard (JP Morgan Chase) (9:00)

Keynote Speaker: Hon. Judith Kaye, Chief Judge, New York Court of Appeals (9:10- 9:40)

Part One. The Big Picture (The Problem, the Data) (9:40-10:20)

Moderator: Raymond Lohier, U.S. Attorney's Office (S.D.N.Y.)

Alex David – Director of Diversity, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Katherine Frink-Hamlet – President, Frink-Hamlett Legal Solutions (Legal Placement Firm with Diversity Capabilities or Capacity)
Arthur Matthews – Principal Partner,, NYU Adjunct Assistant Professor
Brande Stellings – Senior Director, Catalyst

  • Statement of goals and diversity benchmarking studies for law firms and corporate law departments vis-à-vis people of color and women
  • Availability data/pipeline vis-à-vis people of color and women
  • Recommended strategies for recruitment, advancement and retention vis-à-vis people of color and women
  • Identification of issues regarding the practice of law unique to people of color and women
  • Differences between private and public sectors and between outside law firm and internal legal departments
  • Need for culture change

Part Two: What Works/What Doesn’t (10:20-11:00)

Moderator: Meryl Kaynard (JP Morgan Chase)

Michael Delikat, Orrick.
Joe Dilg, Vinson & Elkins
Beth Kaufman, Schoeman, Updike & Kaufman
Donna Malin, Johnson & Johnson
Meredith Moore, Weil Gotshal
Jeff Reitman, JPMorgan Chase
Federico E. Virella, U.S. Attorney's Office (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Law firm diversity programs
  • Improving performance review; mentoring programs
  • Addressing work-life balance
  • Issues unique to government practice
  • Issues unique to in-house practice
  • Law school initiatives

Additional Q&A and Concluding Remarks (11-11:30)

Reception (11:30 – 12:30)

Please RSVP to Ben Eisenman at or 212 998-6242.